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Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette Essentials



It is customary to hold a rehearsal dinner the day prior to a wedding. While a smaller event than the reception itself, the rehearsal dinner can turn out to be a fairly major deal in its own right. As with anything wedding related, rehearsal dinners have a set of manners surrounding them. Before you begin planning your pre-wedding dinner, brush up on the essentials of rehearsal dinner manners here.

The Groom’s Family Traditionally Hosts: People often wonder that must throw the rehearsal dinner, and traditionally it has become the duty of the groom’s family. They are normally the ones to reserve the distance, issue invitations, arrange for decorations, and pay the invoice for your celebration. However, it’s very important to understand two things: first of all, this habit started back when the bride’s family paid for all the wedding arrangements; when the couple is old and hosting their own wedding if the groom’s family is chipping in to the reception, it may work out that somebody else hosts the rehearsal rooms Toronto. Point number two is that no one is obligated to throw a party in someone else’s honor. If the groom’s parents do not offer to sponsor a pre-wedding celebration, then they surely should not be pushed into it.

The Guest List: At the very minimum, the rehearsal dinner should include all the men and women that were involved in the actual rehearsal, and their spouses or significant others. Other immediate relatives such as grandparents, grandparents, and frequently aunts, uncles, and cousins must also make the guest list. Etiquette has stated that out-of-town guests that came the afternoon before the wedding should also be invited to the dinner, however this habit is no more so rigorously observed. The reason is that at many weddings these days, nearly all the guests have traveled in, and the pre-wedding dinner would end up being as large as the wedding itself. If you would like to add as many out-of-towners as possible (that is a very gracious impulse), you could do this by hosting a wedding welcome celebration in lieu of an intimate rehearsal dinner. To keep costs manageable, the welcome party may be more of a cocktail party than a full meal.

The Toasts: As the traditional server of this pre-wedding meal, it is customary for the father of the groom to open the dinner with a toast to the groom and bride. Throughout his speech the groom’s dad will normally thank everyone for making the trip, tell the bride how delighted he’s and the groom’s mother are to welcome her to their family, and say a couple of kind words needing the couple much future happiness. Anyone who wants to follow suit after the groom’s dad is advised to say a few words. It is smart to do the addresses early in the evening before people get too many beverages in them!

General Party Etiquette: The rehearsal dinner is an occasion for each the folks directly involved in the wedding, so it’s not the ideal time to hand out groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts. Bridesmaid presents are best presented at a special girls’ luncheon held two days before the wedding. One of the main reasons to have a pre-wedding dinner is to allow the bride and groom’s families to get to know each other a little better before the main event. All guests should make an effort to mingle and chat with members of the other family. Last but not least, the bride and groom need to make sure that they are refreshed and ready to go the next day, so they should take care not to get too”in the cups” on the wedding eve. The bride will continually be excused for excusing herself to receive her beauty sleep after dessert, even if the rest of the guests at the rehearsal dinner show no signs of slowing down. Unlike the wedding reception, the departure of the bride and groom out of the pre-wedding party doesn’t necessarily indicate the end of the occasion.

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